Kitchen Chimneys are an ideal choice for Indian households as we Indians like to use a lot of oils and spices to cook our meals.
The smoke and steam generated while cooking is taken care off by the Chimney, thereby keeping our kitchen clean and fresh.
However, in this process, our chimney filters accumulate a lot of grease and sticky oily substance.
And, it is highly advised to clean the kitchen chimney at least once or twice a month in order to keep its performance at optimal levels.
These days, you can find different kitchen chimneys available in India.
While most of these chimneys come with mesh or baffle type filters, there are a few other chimneys that have charcoal filters, which cannot be cleaned but should be replaced every 6 months or so.
So, in this tutorial, let us find out how to clean the mesh and baffle filters inside the kitchen chimney.
How to Clean a Kitchen Chimney using Natural Ingredients?
We’ll be using only the natural ingredients found in every Indian kitchen to clean the chimney filters easily and effectively without the help of a technician.
1.Clean Chimney with a Dishwash Gel
It is almost impossible to find an Indian kitchen without a dishwashing liquid like Vim or Pril.
These dishwash gels contain liquid surfactants that help remove all types of grease and oil materials from the utensils.
- Remove the chimney filters (read the manual for instructions).
- Using a sponge, rub the dishwash gel over the filters.
- Immerse them in a bucket of hot water & leave it for 1 to 2 hours.
- Now, take them out of the water and using a non-abrasive scrubber, carefully scrub the filters to quickly remove any grease remains.
- Lastly, clean the filters using plain water and let them dry completely. You may use a cloth to speed up the drying process.
- That’s it! Carefully replace the filters back into the chimney after it is dry.
2.Clean Chimney with Baking Soda, Salt & Vinegar
All the ingredients like baking soda, salt and vinegar are commonly found in every household.
Let us see how we can use these natural ingredients to clean the chimney filters at home.
- Remove the filters from the chimney
- In a bucket of boiling water, insert the filters and soak it for 10 minutes.
- Now, add 2 tbsp of baking soda, 3 tbsp of salt and 2 cups of vinegar to the water.
- Let them soak for about 1 to 2 hours in that solution.
- Once done, using a scrubber, clean the filters to remove any residue.
- Wash it plain water and let them dry before placing back into the kitchen chimney for use.
Alternatively, you can soak the filters in the water and boil it along with the 3 ingredients for better results.
3.Clean Chimney with Paint Thinner
As you already know, paint thinner is a perfect solution for removing stubborn grease and oil stains from hands, walls or any objects easily.
Likewise, you can also use the thinner to clean your kitchen chimneys effectively.
- Take a small piece of cloth and soak it in the thinner.
- Remove the filters out of the chimney.
- Using the soaked cloth, scrub the filters thoroughly to remove any residues.
- Once done, clean the filters with plain water.
- Let them dry under the sunlight before placing them back.
Alternatively, you can use the nail polish remover if you don’t have paint thinner handy.
4.Clean Chimney with Caustic Soda
Caustic soda also known as Sodium Hydroxide (NaOH) is a good cleaning agent and can be used if the above solutions didn’t bring visible results for you.
It is acidic in nature and can remove stubborn grease and oil stains easily.
Please use this process only if none of the above methods yielded better results for you as it is not advisable for everyone to handle Caustic soda without proper care.
- Place the chimney filters on a flat tray.
- Sprinkle some soda on the filters.
- Pour boiling water over the filters while keeping a distance from the tray as the chemical reaction produces fumes that may harm.
- Let it rest for 2 to 3 hours without touching it.
- Scrub the filters using a non-abrasive scrubber.
- Wash them with plain water and let them dry before placing back into the chimney hood.
Note: Be cautious while using the Caustic soda as it is highly acidic in nature and can cause chemical burns if you touch with bare hands. Always use protection gloves while using Caustic soda to clean the chimney.
5.Clean Chimney with Hot Water
This is easiest of all the chimney cleaning methods but cannot completely remove the stains from the filters.
So, use this method only if you don’t have enough time for cleaning your kitchen chimney or you only cook occasionally and the filter had less stains.
- Take a large steel container with water.
- Immerse the filters in the water completely.
- Let it boil for about 30 minutes on a slow flame.
- Switch off the stove and take out the filters from the hot water.
- Using plain water, wash the filters thoroughly using a scrubber.
- Let them dry before inserting them back into the chimney.
That’s all Friends! My husband is a food freak and he loves to have different varieties of food every other day. And, I enjoy cooking for him and the kids.
In the process, my kitchen chimney too attracts a lot of grease and oil stains. I have personally tried all these methods myself and only then listing them here so that everyone would get benefited from my experience.
Use the method that you found to be the best based on the ingredients readily available in your kitchen.
In case if you’ve used any other method for cleaning the kitchen chimney, please share it with us in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you.